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NEWS RELEASE 99-039; MARCH 29, 1999 March 29, 1999
News Release 99-039

THE UNITED STATES LEADS THE WORLD IN PRODUCTION, EXPORTS,
AND CONSUMPTION OF NONTROPICAL DRIED FRUITS, REPORTS ITC

The United States dominates the world market for such nontropical dried fruits as raisins and prunes, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Nontropical Dried Fruits. Other principal dried fruits covered in the summary include dried apricots, dried apples, dried berries, and dried peaches.

The ITC, an independent nonpartisan, factfinding agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. Other highlights of the report follow:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Dried Fruit other than Tropical (USITC publication 3171, March 1999).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and tariff treatment of the products being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

This report will be available on the ITC's Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E St., SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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